What Are Antidepressants?

Welcome to the Age of Antidepressant (SSRI) Medication

For decades, clinical depression has been one of the most common mental health problems for patients. Depression rates raise year after year and regardless of the reasoning behind the alarming rates, there’s still little treatment (at least in modern medicine) for the condition. Dealing with depression can be extremely difficult and there is a tremendous risk for patients, who encounter a wide variety of issues, including an increased risk of suicide. If not treated properly, depression can be fatal. Of course, modern medicine has many different medications and treatments that are actively being recommended by doctors for patients who are experiencing certain depression complications. The most popular of the available treatments are known as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which are commonly known and promoted as “Antidepressants.”  Some of the conditions antidepressants are prescribed for are as follows:

  • Anxiety disorder

  • Dysthymia

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Chronic pain

  • Eating disorders

  • Neuropathic pain

In some other cases, the antidepressants could also be used as treatment for the following conditions:

  • Migraines

  • Dysmenorrhea

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What are the indications?

In some instances, antidepressants can cause reactions if partnered with other medications, which is why doctors want are required to know about possible side effects of drug interactions. Furthermore, overmedication can be a problem, if doctors do not take the care to inventory the patient’s current drug regimen.

What is the right dosage?

The dosage of the antidepressants depends on the current medical condition that you are facing. It is best to let a doctor determine the dosage that is right for you.

What are the complications?

Despite the possible benefits of antidepressant medications, there are some associated complications and risks. Not all patients are appropriate for antidepressant medication. If your doctor failed to review your medical history and caused a number of complications because of this, you have the right to ask for legal help to get the compensation that you deserve.

Some patients take more than is prescribed in order to sleep or just to have peace of mind, but the wrong dosage can cause your brain to function abnormally. Because of this, it is important to make sure that you are going to follow the right prescription guidelines as issued by your doctor. By doing this you can avoid a number of problems.

One of the most serious complications is the risk of suicide. Until recently, it wasn’t known that there are other complications as well, such as birth defects. Because these weren’t known or disclosed on prescription labels, those who have experienced such complications may be entitled to legal compensation.  That is where we come in!

When to Ask for Legal Help?

If you or someone you know has experienced birth defects or other serious complications from the use of antidepressants as prescription by a licensed doctor, you have a right and a duty to seek legal counsel and to go after the drug manufacturers who have directly lowered your quality of life. It is crucial that you are willing to fight for fair compensation since nothing will change if you stay quiet and suffer in silence. You do NOT deserve to be in this situation, and our professional legal team can help you seek the compensation you deserve.  If you need help, start by giving us a call at (888) 260-9494 or fill out the form to the right of this page. We’re here to help!